No matter what your reason is for transferring to Ithaca College, you'll get the help you need every step of the way, from scheduling a visit to completing your application.
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Who is a transfer student?

Applicants who have received a high school diploma (or its equivalent) and subsequently earned nine or more college credits or enrolled full time at another college are transfer students.

Criteria for transfer admission

Transfer applicants may apply for either fall or spring admission to IC and are reviewed based on their college and high school academic records. Please also familiarize yourself with supporting documentation requirements for transfer applicants.

We regret that we cannot consider transfer applications to occupational therapy or physical therapy.

Transfer credit

Transfer credit is typically awarded for college-level courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university, provided a grade of C- or better was earned. Each course is evaluated individually, and Ithaca College reserves the right to not award transfer credit for courses deemed unacceptable.

Additional details about transfer credit and articulation agreements are available on the Office of the Registrar website.

Transfer Application Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Latest Notification Date Enrollment Confirmation Deadline
Spring Admission November 15 (priority consideration) Rolling Rolling
Regular Decision (Transfer) May 1 (extended) April 15 (for applications received prior to March 1); rolling thereafter May 1 (for applications received prior to March 1); rolling thereafter

Financial aid

Transfer applicants are considered for scholarships (including the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship; see below) and may also apply for federal and institutional financial aid.

  • All transfer applicants should submit the CSS Profile to determine  eligibility for institutional financial aid.
  • U..S. citizens and permanent residents must submit the FAFSA to apply for federal financial aid.

For applicants who plan to enroll in the spring, the priority deadline for both the FAFSA and CSS Profile is November 1.

For applicants who plan to enroll in the fall, the priority deadline for both the FAFSA and CSS Profile is January 15. 

Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarships

An unlimited number of renewable $2,000 per year Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarships are available. Eligible students are automatically considered during the admission application review process; no additional scholarship application is required.


  • Membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society
  • Minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA
  • High school diploma (at the time of application)
  • Full-time enrollment

Part-time students are not eligible.

Orientation and Advising

The Office of New Student and Transition Programs offers a special transition program for transfer students that provides support related to academic advising, testing, and registration. Services and resources for enrolled transfer students are coordinated by the Academic Advising Center

Questions? Contact us!

Office of Admission
Peggy Ryan Williams Center, 1st Floor
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850-7020